Two Black scavengers emerge from the underbrush loaded with their total possessions: the makings of a shack and a battery of pots and pans, but nothing to cook in them. They are the dregs of society, the stepped-upon, the spat-upon.
"The play is carefully structured as a dance, first with Lena's solo, then with a pas de deux, then with Boesman's verbal self expression. An old man stumbles on the two Hottentots, and becomes the physical catalyst of their relationship, precipitating a crisis and a credible resolution." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Athol Fugard, the South African playwright, has written some fine plays, but certainly none better than the amazing Boesman and Lena, which is great; absolutely superb." - ABC TV
Boesman and Lena was first presented in America at the Circle in the Square on June 22, 1970. Directed by John Berry.